Saints march into semi-finals

William Martin.
William Martin.

Craigavon-based St Anthony’s will face derby rivals St Mark’s in the IIBA Club Championship semi-finals.

The Galway Bay Hotel-sponsored showdown is scheduled for November 27 - with a final spot the reward for the Armagh zone rivals.

The Saints proved impressive across the section programme, with a 24-shot defeat of Monaghan zone’s Sean McDermotts the perfect start.

A bye into the next round led to success by 11 shots over Du Pont from Foyle zone before a defeat of North Down’s Rosemount.

St Mark’s path to the semi-final featured wins over Christchurch (Western zone), St Joseph’s Kildress (Mid-Ulster zone) and Cranagill (Armagh zone).

Results from the Jethro Rinks’ League are as follows:

MORNING SECTION: W.Clinghan 15 J.Taylor 11, R.Hunter 11 R.Neely 16, A.Magee 14 A.Thompson 19, M.Milligan 12 G.Richardson 9, W.Cairns 12 C.Maguire 13, A.Mulligan 9 T.McCartan 10.

AFTERNOON SECTION: N.Garvey 27 B.Boness 7, N.Conlon 20 G.Devlin 10, S.Garvey 16 S.Irwin 11, W.Martin 16 N.Orr 8, L.Magennis 10 J.Mackle 14, G.Bell 11 S.White 14.


Craigavon Leisure Centre’s Boccia League Day was selected as a focal point for celebrations in response to support for the sport by the JT Inspires charity.

Funding cuts have forced Disability Sport NI officials to review the programme.

Backing from JT Inspires has helped to protect boccia.